En­vi­ron­men­tal war­riors clean up Bay

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

Turquoise Bay has been given a clean as part of Sea Shep­herd’s marine de­bris beach clean-up cam­paign.

Twenty vol­un­teers as young as two years old headed out to the pop­u­lar beach in blus­tery con­di­tions last Sun­day morn­ing to re­move nearly 1000 pieces of rub­bish left by vis­i­tors.

Sea Shep­herd Ex­mouth chap­ter co-or­di­na­tor Grace Keast said the cam­paign com­ple­mented the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife’s reg­u­lar clean ups of coast­line in the Na­tional Park.

“We ac­tu­ally don’t get very much rub­bish washed onto the beach, the rub­bish we find here is mostly from peo­ple who left it be­hind,” she said.

“What we want to do here is stop the de­bris from peo­ple get­ting to the ocean to start with.”

Among the 991 pieces of rub­bish re­moved were 420 cig­a­rette butts, 200 pa­per rem­nants, 100 plas­tic film rem­nants, 61 plas­tic wrap­pers and 49 bot­tle caps.

“A lot of peo­ple think cig­a­rette butts are biodegrad­able but they’re ac­tu­ally made of plas­tic,” Ms Keast said.

“Ev­ery cig­a­rette butt con­tam­i­nates 6 litres of wa­ter.

“Ba­si­cally ev­ery bit of rub­bish out there can po­ten­tially harm wildlife.”

Ms Keast said with peo­ple con­tin­u­ing to do their own lit­tle clean ups, the North West Cape would re­main pris­tine.

Pic­ture: Tom Balks

Sea Shep­herd Marine De­bris Cam­paign held a beach clean at Turquoise Bay.

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